|Excerpted from the New York Daily News and
its www.mostnewyork.com web site June 16, 1998.
Reruns at NBC
will go ahead this fall with a plan to fill some overnight hours with no-cost reruns of
some of its own NBC-produced programs, a spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.
The programming strategy, which will start in mid-September, has got
affiliates scrambling to make room for the network-provided shows.
Locally, a victim of the switch will be "4 Stories,"
the Saturday night Ch. 4 show hosted by Maurice DuBois, which profiled four New Yorkers.
"We are very satisfied and thought it performed
adequately," said a station spokeswoman. "It could return in the future,"
The new overnight lineup will include reruns of "Saturday Night
Live" in the wee hours of Sunday morning. In the early morning hours of Monday, the
network will air reruns of "Dateline" and "Meet The Press." The rest
of the week, NBC will fill the late-late shift with reruns of the "Tonight" show
and the daytime soap "Sunset Beach."
With the move, NBC will not only generate additional
revenues off of its entertainment fare, but also lessen the cost of its overnight network
newscast by cutting back on its hours.